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Are you working the career of your dreams? Are you too busy to date? Are you having trouble getting married and starting a family? This is a scenario way to familiar to many women these days. We are so busy climbing the corporate ladder or building our businesses that we forget to have a family. This is where a big question comes to mind, when should I freeze my eggs? There are several factors to consider before freezing your eggs. Are you a good candidate, can you afford it and are there any options
What are the pros and cons of egg freezing?
The biggest con is that there is no guarantee that once the eggs are thawed that implantation will be successful and result in the birth of a healthy baby. Egg preservation is not covered by insurance because it is considered to be an elective procedure. Currently, it can cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars to freeze your eggs, thaw the eggs and finally implant them in your uterus. Most people do not have success on the first round of implantation hence the rising costs. In order to prepare your body for the egg preservation you have to take hormones, which can have a whole host of side effects.
In regards to pros of the egg freezing process it gives women who may otherwise not have had the ability to conceive a child the opportunity to do so. Medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can forever damage eggs and make a young woman infertile. Once you are a cancer survivor if you have preserved your eggs you may be able to conceive a child.
At what age should I consider freezing my eggs?
Freezing your eggs is usually reserved for women who are likely to have fertility issues in the future. When girls are born they have all of their eggs, boys produce new sperm throughout their life. Women in their 20s will be fertile for many years, so unless there is a known health condition you do not need to worry about freezing your eggs. Women in their early to mid 30s are not planning to start a family in the next few years are the best candidates for this procedure. Once you enter your 40s your chances of a positive outcome from this procedure are unlikely. You may still have eggs but after they have been frozen they will not likely survive the thawing process.
There are some risks?
The most common risks involve complications due to over stimulation of the ovaries to produce many eggs, potential bleeding and/or infection from the egg retrieval. Although these risks are extremely rare, it is important to know exactly what risks you are taking by choosing this procedure to start your family.
Are you a good candidate for egg freezing?
As I mentioned earlier not everyone should consider egg preservation because of your age. This is an expensive procedure involving daily hormone shots, minor outpatient surgery, and emotional stress. It is important if you are in your 30s and considering choosing this option for starting a family, you need to have your ovarian reserve checked. Ovarian Reserve is the capacity of the ovary to provide eggs for fertilization. FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) level is the blood test to check ovarian reserve.
If having a family is important to you, consider these pros and cons of freezing your eggs. If this is not the best option to help you start a family, consider exploring your options further.If you have any other questions concerning this matter or anything else related to your health please do not hesitate to Ask Dr. Renee.
Dr. Renee Matthews has appeared on television shows such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and WGN’s “People to People” where she discussed different health topics. She started her media career with her own radio show on Sirius XM/ReachMD, a programming source for health professionals. In addition Dr. Renee has been a featured medical correspondent on Sirius XM’s “Sway in the Morning.”
Dr. Renee earned her undergraduate degree in 1999 and her Medical Doctorate in 2005. She spent the early part of her medical career as an educator for numerous hospitals and attending staff on cord blood.
It’s no secret that Kenya Moore has big dreams of becoming a mom someday. And according to a recent blog post, she’s hoping to conceive in the very near future. With whom she’s looking to go half on a baby with is a completely different story.
“I underwent fibroid surgery early this year and it was very successful,” Moore gushed in the blog post. “Thanks to my amazing doctor and my many blessings, physically, I’m in amazing condition for pregnancy. I hope to share some great news soon.”
During Sunday night’s episode, fans witnessed the former pageant queen’s eagerness to conceive first hand when she invited a few of the Housewives to a Shaman cleansing, which is believed to assist with fertility.
“You never know how your blessings will come or from whom,” she explained. “The Shamans have been known to bless many women with children after their spiritual cleansing. I brought the women who had been supportive of me in my endeavor to have a family.”
Kenya then went on to express why she chose to exclude some of the cast from the ceremony.
“I excluded Phaedra who cold heartedly remarked about me having ‘scrambled eggs’ and Porsha for consistently taunting me about the men in my life, which leads to a family.”
“With that said, I now see that NeNe’s snide remarks made me regret inviting her,” adds the 43-year-old reality star. “I’ve been more than generous with her, but I am too fed up with her to see any good in her. This was my honest attempt at revealing more of who I am and what my real struggles have been.”
Despite her displeasure with NeNe’s response to the ceremony, she says that it wasn’t a complete waste, as she was able to connect with some of the other ladies.
“I’m thankful that they all were able to share their stories on motherhood allowing us to understand each other more. It truly inspired me.”
Good luck, Kenya!
Sex: We all like to believe that there are signs that can guarantee that we’ll get some and the getting will be good. I thought sex stereotypes for most people died in their undergrad dorms, but apparently there are still fully functional adults that believe race and gender somehow place you at an advantage or disadvantage when it comes to what you’re working with in bed.
At one point or another, I’m sure you’ve overheard someone make some generalization on sex based on one or two experiences they’ve had, or more likely, what someone else has told them, but in all honesty they usually just don’t apply. Take a look at some common sex stereotypes people like to throw around that have no factual basis whatsoever:
‘My Eggs Are Like The Thing Indiana Jones Finds In The Temple Of Doom:’ Gabrielle Union Talks Reproductive Concerns
Being Mary Jane actress Gabrielle Union has made it clear that she wants children. On several occasions, the 41-year-old beauty has expressed her desire to be mother; however, the timeline regarding when she plans to make it up seems to switch up every so often. As of this past July, Gabby says she’ll be ready to be a mom in a couple of years.
“I always knew I was going to wait really long, and I followed the Halle Berry example, and I think in the next couple of years, if I’m lucky, I will make that a reality, hopefully. I think with the career, the industry that we’re in, it’s not taboo to be an older mom. You’re not alone. There’s such a huge support to start a family a little bit older and it’s okay! My friends from home, they all started in their 20s and that’s awesome, too. There’s give and takes. I knew, for me, I wasn’t going to be the kind of parent I would want to be. I would be way too selfish and resent having to miss out on things. Now, I’m in a place where I’m happy and still wanting adventure, but I want part of that adventure to include a child.”
Unfortunately, the reality is that women are not physically capable of having children forever. Gabby addressed those concerns during a Google Hangout session with ESSENCE.
“I don’t know if by now its [having kids] a matter of ‘want,’”Gabby said.
She went on to say that at this point, she’ll be content with having one child, as she’s unsure if her body is capable of having more than one.
“My eggs are like the thing Indiana Jones finds in the Temple of Doom so I don’t know how many my body can physically have. I’d be happy with one if that’s what God blesses me with it,” she continued.
We can totally dig her positive outlook.
More and more often, women ages forty-plus are enlisting me to assist them in their quest to find a husband, which is just fine and dandy, except for one little snag. They want to have children. I have no idea what they were doing for the last twenty-some-odd years, but often, single women in their 40s have the idea that they still have all the time in the world to settle down and get pregnant.
Unfortunately, my male clients that want a family are generally not open to meeting a woman over thirty-three — especially if they want more than one child. It is understandable that women are waiting longer to have children; after all, many are building careers and enjoying the freedom to travel, pursue friendships and cultivate personal passions. But many women are also in for quite a shock when they come to the realization that they waited too long, and that their eggs are all but dried up.
Many women are under the assumption that just because they are still ovulating, they are fertile. An article on the website The Telegraph states that scientists have discovered the reason why women find it difficult to conceive later in life is “because they have used up 90 percent of their ‘ovarian reserve’ by the age of 30, and while they may continue to produce eggs throughout their 30s and 40s, the reservoir of potential eggs from which they are taken has shrunk to almost nothing.”
Hollywood reinforces the idea that women can conceive easily well into their forties; we constantly hear about celebrities that are getting pregnant and giving birth, as late as their early 50s. But what the media fails to explain is that these celebs are most likely using another woman’s eggs! When I bring up the subject of fertility to a forty-plus single woman who has asked me to match her to a man that wants children, her response often goes something like this: “Oh, I am in excellent health, and I look so much younger than my age. I know I am forty-one, but everyone thinks that I’m in my early thirties. I am sure that I am extremely fertile.”
The reality is that the amount and the quality of a woman’s eggs has absolutely nothing to do with how young she (thinks) she looks, or how fit or healthy she is. Because a woman is born with all of the eggs that she will have in her lifetime, the older she gets the fewer eggs she has left. And the eggs that are left are often not viable.
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One of the most beautiful and rewarding things about being a woman is the ability to have a baby – to feel life grow from within and bring a baby into this world to care for and love. So when you struggle to conceive, imagine the heartache and frustration one must feel. According to Redbook magazine, one in eight women in the U.S. will suffer from infertility, and black women are 1.5 times more likely to experience infertility. This is a heart-wrenching experience that hits home for me and many other woman, including celebrities. They ride the same emotional rollercoaster of fertility treatments – from metformin and Glucophage to IVF in an attempt to conceive. Let’s look at 15 starlettes who’ve dealt with this issue firsthand, fearlessly opening up to the public.
Singer Mariah Carey miscarried and quickly sought treatment for infertility. Carey went on progesterone every month, even through the first 10 weeks of her pregnancy. This treatment helped reduce the risk of miscarriage by half, and eventually she welcomed twins Roc and Roe in 2011 .
It’s about time there is some equality when it comes to questions of fertility. Women are often assumed to be the cause when a couple can’t conceive, but SpermCheck Fertility is pointing out the fact that men are just as likely to be infertile and they are offering at-home sperm count tests to help couples better pinpoint why a woman may not be getting pregnant.
According to data from the company, only 20 percent of men in couples struggling to get pregnant have a sperm-count analysis early on or at all. As Ray Lopez, CEO of SpermCheck, pointed out in Bloomberg News:
“In our society, the woman carries the burden of trying to determine the issues surrounding infertility. Men don’t say, ‘Let me go to the urologist and give a semen sample.’”
Now men can do the analysis themselves in a much cheaper and more private way with the at-home test which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is found to be 98% accurate. The analysis will show whether one’s sperm count appears to be normal by scrutinizing a particular protein found only in the head of mature sperm. A reading of 20 million or more sperm per ml indicates a normal level, anything lower means a man should seek a physician.
Staring in April, the tests will be stocked on drugstore shelves for $39.99, but they’re already available online on Walgreens and CVS’ websites. According to John Herr, director of the Center of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia and the chairman of SpermCheck, the convenient analysis will provide a much-needed assessment for a variety of individuals and couples.
“This at-home test was created to meet the needs of couples who are considering and just planning on starting a family, those currently having trouble conceiving, and even those men who are just curious about their sperm count.”
Do you think this at-home test will help men think more about their fertility when it comes to trying to conceive?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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If you are planning on having a little one this year and you want your baby to have that “special” birthdate of 11-11-11, experts say you need to get to work on that right now. According to Dr. Jamie Grifo in a Time Magazine article, if couples conceive within the next two weeks, they have the best shot at getting a baby born on 11-11-11. February 18 in particular is the best conception date (assuming a normal 28-day cycle for the mom-to-be).
Would you or have ever thought about timing conception to get a particular birthdate?
Sexual health includes a whole lot more than condom use and annual pap smears. It is a compilation of physical health, responsibility and values, as well as knowledge of emotional attitudes and assessment of behavior. Most importantly, sexual health is something that should be maintained way before you get in between the sheets. Don’t know where to start? Here’s some help: